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Comedy Central
Dec 10, 2012 11:00pm PST
majority leader harry reid, he don't have the 51 votes he needs to get that passed so mcconnell is going to trap reed in a corner. >> an unlimited authority to borrow whenever he wants to for whatever amount he wants to? if the majority leader supports that proposal i would hope we can get a vote on it to give his members a chance to express themselves as to whether or not they think that's a good way forward for our country. >> jon: [bleep]. it is a classic opening. he's proposing a bill that he doesn't support, mcconnell, knowing that the president will look bad when harry reid refuses to call a vote on it >> senator mcconnell made a serious offer dealing with the debt ceiling in this country one of the most important issues facing the country. it's a serious offer. i personally haven't read it. my staff has looked at it. it's important enough that i would like to have a vote on it this afternoon. >> jon: haven't seen that before. harry reid just ate mcconnell's chess pieces. turns out reed had the 51 votes to pass mcconnell's sarcastic bill and said, fine, let's do this, mo-ho. really
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2012 2:30am PST
-- >> woody! >> a mitt romney guy. >> yeah, woody. >> that was a cringer. harry reid, come on now. >> it's not right for harry reid to kick the jets around. that's a cheap shot. we can do it. you can't. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell, you just saw him there talking on the floor, he actually found himself, well, in unusual territory thursday. he actually had to filibuster himself. >> no, no, he can't. >> yesterday, senator mcconnell brought a bill to the floor to give the president greater power to raise the debt limit without support. but harry reid called his bluff, agreeing to a straight up-or-down vote. that then forced the minority lead y leader to filibuster his own bill. >> what we have here is a case of republicans here in the senate once again not taking yes for an answer. this morning, republican leader asked consent to have a vote on this proposal, because now i told everyone that we're willing to have that vote, up-or-down vote. now the republican leader objects to his own idea, so i guess we have a filibuster his own bill, so i object. >> is there objection to the ori
FOX Business
Dec 9, 2012 10:00pm EST
reid today saying that the game is at chess game, and the republicans are the jets. here is harry reid. >> he has a problem. he has three quarterbacks. he cannot decide who the quarterback is going to be. that is the same problem republicans are having. romney is gone, but he is still in the background. we have mcconnell and boehner. who is the quarterback, mr. president? gerri: what do you make of that analogy? >> well, that is a football analogy. we'll do that from time to time, but the reality is the speaker of the house is the speaker. the house is the majority republican, and if he is going to advance that way, that is probably in order. senator mcconnell is involved, i'm sure talking with boeher about these issues. he always has been, but you have to have the spokesman, somebody to talk to. the president is absent up here, and i hope he will come to the table. i hope we can avoid it, but a lot of it is going to ultimately be on the president's watch. gerri: i have to tell you, there are other people mia. most of the house is gone on vacation. the senate is spending all this time
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2012 8:00pm PST
. >> harry reid wasted no time explaining why the boehner proposal is not serious. >> math. you can't get from here to there unless you raise the rates. that's why romney couldn't explain it during the presidential election. no one can explain it because you can't do it. >> jay carney says the speaker's plans raises more questions than answers. >> we don't know who pays. we don't know what we're talking about in terms of actual legislation to increase revenues. it's magic beans and fairy dust. >> john boehner's heavy-handed approach to leadership, boehner and the republican steering committee kicked four republican congressmen out of their committee seats for voting against party leadership in the past. but boehner finds himself in an increasingly weak position. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell refused to take a position on boehner's debt plan today. >> i have no particular observation other than i commend the house leadership for trying to move. the process along and getting to a point where hopefully we can have a real discussion. >> house democrats are cranking up the pressure. t
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2012 12:00am PST
in the process. now senate democrats want action. they want to change e. senate majority leader harry reid wants three changes to the filibuster. they would make debates public and provide a shorter timeframe for breaking filibusters. these are minor reforms and the filibuster can still be used. republican minority leader mitch mcconnell railed against the changed earlier today. he said they were an effort to marginalize the minority party. harry reid hit right back atd the gentleman from kentucky and referenced this comment senator john mccain made on monday. >> mr. chairman, i again apologized for what seems to have happened and much to my dismay it lends some credence to the argument that we ought not to do business the way that we are doing here in the the united states senate. >> senator john mccain was blaming rand paul of kentucky for holding up amendments on the defense authorization bill. in the process, mccain gave credence to filibuster reform. his comments step all over mitch mcconnell's claim. it's not an effort to marginalize the minority party. with 386 filibusters from republican
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2012 3:00am PST
. >> somehow we found ourselves listening to harry reid. >> yeah. >> on the senate floor. >> mm-hmm. >> comparing the republican party to the new york jets. >> what? >> it's not one of my favorite teams, but it's really, really fun to watch. and that's the new york jets. coach ryan, he's got a problem. he has three quarterbacks. sanchez. he's got tim tebow. he's got a guy like mcelroy. he can't decide who their quarterback is going to be. that's the same problem the republicans are having. romney's gone, but he's still in the background. we have mcconnell, and we have boehner. who is the quarterback, mr. president? who is the quarterback? >> richard haass, a quizical look on your face. >> normally when you play football, you don't decide the other team's quarterback. >> right. >> that's usually for the coach to decide. so why is harry reid worried about who's the quarterback on the other team, and why is he even using this metaphor to begin with? >> it's painful. stop it right now. >> this is why it's a good development. by the way, there's another interesting development with t
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2012 8:00am PST
want to start with this. senator harry reid used an interesting analogy on the floor to describe the current state of the republican party. listen to this first. >> he's got a problem. he has three quarter backs, sanchez, he's got tim tebow, a guy by the name of mcilroy. he can't describe who is going to be the quarterback. that's the same problem that the republicans are having. romney is there but he's in the background. who is the quarterback, mr. president. >> hogan, what do you think? who's the quarterback? >> what a great question. i think, look, inherently the democrats have the advantage with the bully pulpit of the presidency. we don't have that out there right now. there are people who can talk about republican governance and why it's better and why we should lean towards that but until you have that, it's tough to rise to the level of the gravitas of those in the white house. this whole notion that we're some discome bob lated party, we took it on the election and there will be scrambling around after a big loss like that. but we've got some voices out there and we'll
Current
Dec 7, 2012 6:00am PST
, that was great. harry reid, the old boxer -- >> yeah, harry reid boxed him into this. it's hysterical. >> stephanie: what is the boxing thing -- >> rope a dope. >> stephanie: yes, exactly. where is my story on this -- talk amongst yourselves. >> oh, okay. >> stephanie: he thought he was being so smart. i'm moving slowly -- >> look out here it comes. >> do you need me to print it? >> stephanie: no, i got it. >> oh, no. what am i going to do now. >> stephanie: it was further down in the stack than i had anticipated. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: yes, he filibustered his own bill to lift the debt ceiling. instead they called his bluff and he ended up filibustering his own bill. ♪ you are an idiot ♪ >> stephanie: the legislation would permit the president to unilaterally lift the debt ceiling, and never before in our history has someone taken the debt ceiling hostage as something to negotiate over. >> right. >> stephanie: mcconnell brought up the legislation harry reid objected, and then reid ran it by his members and in the afternoon agrees to
FOX Business
Dec 6, 2012 11:00am EST
senator harry reid is trying to arrange a vote on the debt ceiling in the senate on the floor today at 2:00 eastern time, an hour and 15 minutes from now. this is very strange. here's what harry reid said. he said, quote, senator mcconnell made a serious offer today to me with regards to the debt ceiling, a deal on the debt ceiling. i want a vote on it this afternoon. very strange but interesting, intriguing turn of the events. dennis: if you are harry reid and you run the senate and democrats controlled the senate you do not accept mcconnell republicans's proposal unless you get the outcome you want. they want the debt ceiling raised. mcconnell doesn't offer this unless he wants the death ceiling aised to remain a big uncertainty to work out a clip. cheryl: this news from one of our producers out of washington and this is just breaking right now so we will continue to follow this news out of the ec and get more details. cheryl: dennis: we will see the dow turned around on some optimism because having democrats and republicans working together at all on anything at this point seems like
MSNBC
Dec 12, 2012 9:00am PST
in not getting these top marginal tax cuts extended. i want to play sound from harry reid this morning on the floor. you get a sense the republican resistance is theater, but there is a genuine belief they cannot extend these things. let's listen to harry reid. >> how many times is charlie brown going to try to kick that football, because we know every time he approaches that football, it will be taken away from him. we are not going to fall for that again. the american people aren't going to be under the illusion that the republicans are some time in the future going to come up with revenue. they are going to come up with raising the rates or, madam president, we are going over the cliff. >> i'm reminded of the famous george bush adage, whatever it was, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, it was actually shame on me. >> that's what republicans are saying exactly this, the white house has opportunities in the future in which it can raise taxes on the wealthiest and it should take those opportunities in order to get us through this crunch period. do the minimum that is possible n
Current
Dec 7, 2012 3:00am PST
. we are hearing a lot of talk from harry reid about reforming the senate filibuster rules. it might be about time for that when senators can start filibustering their own bills. >> that's what majority leader mitch mcconnell did yesterday. get this. he tried playing a trick on the democrats and wrote a bill allowing the president to raise the debt ceiling. mcconnell assumed democrats would not want to vote on that and was hoping to use that against them saying no one wanted to give the president that power. that back fired when the democratic caucus was happy to vote on the measure forcing mcconnell to say no. here is the democrats' response. >> this may be a moment in senate history when a senator made a proposal and when given an opportunity for a vote on that proposal, fillibustered his own proposal the i think we have reached a new spot in the history of the senate we have never seen before. >> the senate democrats posted that to youtube yesterday. mcconnellts reason for not voting on the bill? he said it is so important it needed a filibuster-proo
MSNBC
Dec 8, 2012 12:00am PST
the votes for the legislation. harry reid called his bluff and objected to putting the bill up for a vote, but after discussing it with his democratic members he got the support he needed and had a change of heart. claire mccaskill was priding when mcconnell objected to voting on the bill. >> is there an objection to the original request? >> objection is heard. i got whiplash. >> very strange. >> dick durbin reacted to mcconnell's move moments later. >> so this may be a moment in senate history when a senator made a proposal and when given an opportunity for a vote, filibustered his own proposal. i think we have now reached a new spot in the history of the senate we have never seen before. >> let's turn to bernie sanders. i'm laughing at it too, senator. this just goes to show either winging it big time. they don't have a plan other than to get in the way. what's your response to what unfolded on the floor and what we can look forward to in the future? >> i think dick durbin was right. in a time of dysfunctionality, this probably takes the cake when you filibuster your own probably. but t
CNN
Dec 6, 2012 1:00pm PST
very, very hard to block many pieces of legislation that the democratic leader harry reid was trying to pass through the senate. and demint made a point of personally going to harry reid's office to tell him face-to-face that he decided to resign. i can tell you as an observer of the senate watching relationships deteriorate, this was surprising but a good surprise. >> leaving on a good note at least with the majority leader in the senate. dana, thanks very much. and i'm joined now by senator demint along with heritage foundation founding trustee, the current president, we see the outgoing president, ed feulner, thanks for coming in. we're going to talk a little about the state of the heritage foundation and the republican party. the senator's here, the newsmaker, you shocked all of us. why did you do this? >> wolf, after this last election it's apparent we need to do more as conservatives to convince americans that our ideas and policies are going to make their lives better. the heritage foundation is the premier think tank, research organization, the premier idea group for the cons
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2012 5:00pm PST
leader harry reid called him on it, called his bluff. then mcconnell filibustered his own bill. here's senator dick durbin. >> so this may be a moment in senate history when a senator made a proposal and when given an opportunity for a vote on that proposal filibustered his own proposal. i think we have now reached a new spot in the history of the senate we've never seen before. >> congressman, proof positive they have winging it. >> well, look, the senate and house republicans are just tieing themselves up in all sorts of knots. this is the latest evidence of this. this is known now as the mcconnell rule. and now he wants to distance himself and disassociate himself with it. you know, his name is attached to it. he thought of this idea. and what the president has said is, you know, it was a good idea then, senator mcconnell, let's continue to live with it, let's extend it. and as you know, all we're doing with the debt ceiling is saying that the united states will pay the obligations that the congress has already voted on. >> sure. >> so you can't wake up in the morning and say you'
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 8:00pm EST
it is presented. thank you. >> the leaders also weighed in on the talks today. harry reid said that efforts were slow to a deal. it'll be too difficult to reach a deal before christmas. >> i'm sorry. start over again. speaker boehner says he is waiting on president obama to outline spending cuts. this is kind of a strange thing for the speaker to say. president obama outlined specific cuts in his proposal to the republicans. republicans have not offered anything specific in cuts whatsoever. and nothing specific in revenue whatsoever. all generalizations. republicans want more spending cuts. tell us what you want, we say to them. we cannot read their minds. we will not make a proposal for them. they know that we are willing to make tough choices on these issues. i hope they understand by now that we will look out for the middle class first. illinois standing in the way of an agreement is republicans. -- the only thing standing in the way of an agreement is republicans. there is a lot of bluster coming from the republicans about society kremlin quickly. every day -- crumbling quickly. they are cal
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 8:00pm EST
. tonight on c-span, a senate debate on the fiscal cliff. shaun donovan discusses it. harry reid and mitch mcconnell when back-and-forth on fiscal cliff issues and a proposal to raise the debt ceiling. here is part of their exchange. >> yesterday afternoon, i came to the floor and offered president obama's proposal on the fiscal cliff to show that neither he nor democrats in congress are acting in good faith in these negotiations. with just a few weeks ago before a potentially entirely avoidable blow to the economy, the president proposed a plan the members of his own party will even vote for. he is not interested in a balanced agreement, not particularly interested in avoiding the fiscal cliff, and clearly not interested at all in cutting any spending. with the president is really in, as we learned just yesterday, is getting as much taxpayer money as he can, first by raising taxes on small businesses who he believes are making too much money, and then on everybody else. not so he can lower the debt or the deficit, but so he can spend to his heart's content. for months, the president has b
FOX News
Dec 6, 2012 8:00am PST
on the floor you had the majority leader harry reid and senator mcconnell talk ago little football, perhaps a sign they are lightening things up and trying to move things forward. jenna: maybe. are they the only two that talk. the floor always looks empty, mike, is it just the two of them back and forth, is that what is going on? >> reporter: they come through, they take center stage and later in the day you get all kinds of things. jenna: a little football talk. never really a bad thing. thank you for the update. jon: let's continue to talk about that a little bit. we are looking at whether president obama is at risk of repeating what some critics have said is a mistake he made in which is one term. one columnist writing that mr. obama alley natured the g.o.p. with his stimulus package. he said rather than work with republicans he colluded with democratic leaders. he goes onto write, quote, fast forward to 2012 it looks as if the white house is trying to repeat its mistakes all over again. joining us now the author of that column jonah goldberg editor at large of the national review, he is
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 9:00am EST
years as senate majority leader. in the same span of time, harry reid has faced 386. for most of our history, the filibuster was used very sparingly, but in recent years, what was rare has become routine. the exception has become the norm. everything is filibustered. every procedural step of the way, with paralyzing effect. the senate was meant to cool the process, not send it into a deep freeze. still, the democratic majority came into the upper chamber in 2007. the senates of the 110th, 111th, and the current 112th congress have witnessed the three highest total -- totals of filibusters ever recorded. a recent report found the current senate has passed a record low 2.8% of bills introduced. that is 66% decrease from the last republican majority in 2005 and 2006 and a 90% decrease from the high in 1955-1956. so the republicans argue in 2005 an exercise of the constitutional option under the current circumstances would be an act of restoration. an act of restoration. i cannot improve on that statement. we must return the senate to a time when every procedural step was not filibustere
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 10:30pm EST
. the senate is not expected to consider this bill in the lame- duck. senator -- senate majority leader harry reid said a comprehensive immigration reform will be a high priority issue in the 2013 congress. there is bipartisan support for creating programs force them graduates. that is a goal that is supported by the higher education association, including the association of american universities and the association of public and land grant universities. i will take this opportunity to dock senator warner, because he has consistently supported by skilled immigration. he introduced it -- he introduced the bipartisan start up act. it was introduced in may of 2012, it included a provision for creating and to stem the set so that a foreign student graduating with a masters are ph.d. in a strong field could received a green card and stay in the country. we hope that senator warner and congressional leadership can find common ground in the 113th congress to successfully pass legislation to expand opportunities for our stem graduates. if we do not, our competitiveness has narrowed. >> thank you. let
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